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Facebook and its messengers again affected by a blackout

Another outage hit Facebook and its messaging entities Messenger and WhatsApp on Sunday, the second in less than a month. It was early this Sunday morning, US time, and therefore early European afternoon, that the blackout occurred, preventing any use of the three services owned by the Zuckerbger firm, in particular the publication of content and especially the exchange of messages. This is even more annoying for the millions of users who depend on these services. While no information regarding the source and extent of the problem has been communicated this time by Facebook on Twitter, services have gradually returned to normal after a good hour.

Facebook faced this Sunday with its second outage in the space of a few weeks

Facbook logo blurred to illustrate general breakdown of services on Sunday April 13

This incident is another episode in the list of problems faced by Facebook in recent times. If the previous damage had been explained by a server mutation problem, another bug concerning a massive internal password leak was never commented on, as well as a series of posts signed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg itself having been deleted by accident.

Map of the Facebook outage established according to internet users’ reports

map of reports of the big Facebook and Instagram blackout on April 13 in the world

This chronic instability comes at a critical time for Facebook, which has repeatedly been singled out for the responsibility it bears in managing user data which regularly turns out to be hazardous. In order to improve its image, FB is also committed to investing more effectively and more drastically in the fight against unwanted content. Accused of having been used for purposes of interference by certain powers or of serving as a support for many nebulae, the social network has thus embarked on a work of sanitation, hunting down hate speech and fake news. Initiatives undermined by these technical problems, without knowing whether we can see a cause and effect relationship.

Facebook has limited its communication to the strict minimum

capture of apology message from Facebook regarding blackout on April 13, 19

A study signed by the universities of New York and Stanford had demonstrated the benefits on morale of a temporary abstinence from Facebook. If the blackout this Sunday was only of a limited duration, perhaps it was enough to put a smile on some people …

This recurring instability comes at a critical time for Facebook

photo Mark Zuckerberg in front of the logos of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp which were affected by the blackout